Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Toughest Shot: Jeff Hutchens


There were six of us, including conservationist Michael Fay and reporter Lisa Ling, crammed into what felt like a three-seat plane, doing aerial surveys of elephants in Chad's Zakouma National Park. We just kept circling and circling, and banking hard so there was no horizon reference. Everybody started getting super-queasy. I tried to grab my camera bag to have something to throw up in, but I ended up just clamping my hand over my mouth. I threw up and swallowed it three times. It was foul. But I still claim that I've never thrown up in a plane, because nobody saw it.